In this first article we chat to Nkosinathi Tom, manager in the vice-chancellor’s office and house parent at Kasteel ladies residence. Nkosinathi has been with the NWU for approximately six years, and is known for his contagious smile and warm personality.
On which campus are you?
I am based on the Potchefstroom Campus, but the vice-chancellor has offices on all three NWU campuses, so I can work from all the sites.
What or who motivates you?
I am motivated by purpose. Whatever I do should be of service to humanity.
On a professional level I am motivated by Tyler Perry, an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. His work ethic, discipline and humility are what inspire me the most. On a personal level I am motivated by my beautiful wife, Lesego. She is not just my life partner but also my pillar of strength and number-one supporter.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and bred in Jouberton, a township in Klerksdorp.
Where did you matriculate and/or study?
I matriculated at Nkang-Mahlale High School in Jouberton and obtained all my formal qualifications at the NWU. I have five diplomas and degrees in various fields and am currently working towards my Master of Business Administration at the NWU.
What were you known for at school?
Throughout my schooling career, I was mostly known for singing and participating in all art-related activities.
What do you do in your spare time?
When I am not spending time with my wife and children, I do a lot of community work, especially with regard to the arts and the community policing forum in Potchefstroom.
What do you want to be remembered for?
If there is one thing I wish to be remembered for it is leaving an irrevocable mark on humanity.
If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
I truly wish that everyone could be embraced for who and what they are, irrespective of their differences or background. I wish people could find true happiness and authentic joy within.
What is the one food you won't eat, no matter what?
I’ll eat most things, but I can’t stomach tomatoes.
What have your kids taught you?
Apart from teaching me what unconditional love is, my children have also taught me to be happy for no reason, stay young at heart, live in the moment and enjoy every second of every day.
MEET THE MAN
behind the smile
Due to the pandemic, most of us have been working from home for over a year now, and may feel somewhat out of touch with our colleagues.
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Nkosinathi Tom is the manager in the vice-chancellor’s office and a house parent at Kasteel ladies residence.